1951 Ford Custom DeLuxe V-8 Convertible
Still For Sale
- Formerly of The Jack Dunning Collection; one of his favorite cars to drive
- Well-maintained older restoration in Coral Flame
- Correct LeBaron-Bonney interior
Ford’s convertible was one of the best-selling soft tops in the country for 1951, with sales of 40,924 examples. This was Ford’s flagship model, and despite being costly to design and build, it was an image maker for the company. It brought folks into Ford showrooms, even if they drove home in a basic Fordor sedan. As the top of the line, it came only with Ford’s 100 hp flathead V-8 as standard equipment. Convertibles featured a hydraulic power top for added convenience—the switch was located at the lower edge of the steering column just to the left of the steering wheel.
This 1951 Ford Custom DeLuxe convertible, finished in the Coral Flame color unique to this body style, was acquired from a museum some years ago by Jack Dunning. Mr. Dunning had the engine rebuilt completely by the late John Forsythe at Fremont Auto Parts in Fremont, Ohio, while his own shop rebuilt the transmission and clutch and fitted an overdrive. The top was replaced, and the interior was reupholstered with correct LeBaron-Bonney materials; the front seat is leather and the rear seat vinyl, which is as the factory did it in 1951. Mr. Dunning also rewired the entire car, so that the power top works properly and the Ford would be a reliable driver. This was one of Mr. Dunning’s favorite automobiles for taking out and using around town.
It would be very enjoyable for the next owner on various AACA and VMCCA touring events, as well as simply for going out for ice cream on a summer evening.
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